Stronger than she looks
JACK, Kai Mian and Ahmad were some of the best martial arts students in their school. They earned their black belts when they were only eight years old. They could easily knock down a group of thieves.
Unfortunately, the trio never used their martial arts to defend others. Instead, they used it to bully Azure, the weakest girl in their class.
Azure was short, skinny and shy. She never told anyone that the boys were bullying her.
One sunny afternoon, Azure was walking alone to the school gate. Suddenly the three boys jumped out from nowhere.
“Look, it’s little helpless Azure,” teased Jack.
Azure kept her cool.
“And she’s going to cry. How boring,” said Ahmad.
That’s when another boy leapt out, and yelled: “Hey! Don’t you dare tease her anymore!”
It was Wei To, the class monitor. He was fair to everybody in class. Everyone – except the trio – liked him.
Kai Mian smirked. “Get away, baby boy, before we kick you.”
Wei To gulped but bravely stepped forward, and said, “If you dare...”
Kai Mian was furious. In one punch, he knocked poor Wei To on the ground and kicked him. Jack lifted Wei To and shoved him to a wall.
“We won!,” Jack smirked.
To their surprise, Azure didn’t break down crying. She stood there, standing still and firm like a tree.
“Hey you! Cry!” Ahmad ordered. That’s when she said something that struck fear in their hearts.
“You’ll cry first,” she commented. Azure threw triple punches and two complex kicks at Jack. He dodged a few, but when he was punched in the face, he felt pain he’d never experienced before. Yes, it was the punch from a martial arts master.
“You’re a black belt holder,” he stammered.
“Yes, so what?,” she asked.
Then, Ahmad threw a hard punch at Azure who fell to the ground but she managed to kick him back. Azure pointed to Kai Mian, who was holding on to Wei To. “Release him!!”
Kai Mian smirked. “In your dreams.” “Then, take this!” she said, punching Kai Mian. He fell down on a bench, too hurt and scared to say anything.
From then on, no one dared to bully Azure or the other students. The bullies have learned their lesson – never bully anyone, and never to judge a book by its cover. – By Joanna Ong Yu Han, 10.
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